Making Democracy Work

Local Program 2013-2014

The Local Program Positions for the LWV Schenectady County.

Justice and the Law

Support improvements to the local criminal justice system by:

1. strengthening the Probation Department and rehabilitation programs in the County.

2. facilitating the implementation of alternative courts (problem solving courts) in Schenectady County and promoting collaborations to support them.

3. monitoring the juvenile justice system including Family Court and promoting community based rehabilitation.

Local Government

Monitor activities of county governmental units, including town boards, the Schenectady City Council and the Schenectady County Legislature; monitor activities of other quasi-governmental units, public authorities and agencies such as Metroplex, IDAs and Planning Boards; monitor activities of elected public Boards of Education.

Support standards of high professional qualifications and political nonpartisanship in manager form of government.

Evaluate opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation and examine options for the consolidation of governmental services in Schenectady County.

Monitor developments of police programs in the County.

Children at Risk

Collaborate with other organizations to identify the needs of children in Schenectady County, facilitate programs on their behalf, and educate the community about their needs and challenges.

Local Education

Monitor local initiatives related to schools and promote and advocate for adequate funding for all school districts so that students can reach their potential.

Environmental Issues

Support the protection of environmental resources, land, water, and air in Schenectady County:

1. Advocate for the protection of water resources in the County.

2. Promote understanding of global climate change and support efforts to mitigate its effects.

3. Support energy conservation and development oaf renewable energy alternatives.

4. Support solid waste management programs that increase reuse and recycling in the County and city.

Health Services

Educate and advocate for national/state/local health care reform that provides quality physical and mental health care for all citizens.

Educate our membership and others about long term care standards and develop recommendations for local options.

Encourage and support countywide comprehensive health care planning and access to health care.